Astro groups up with Timbuk2 to make baggage for all your gaming gear


Astro’s newest set of merchandise are a bit outdoors of its traditional lane. As an alternative of releasing a brand new gaming headset or controller, it has labored with respected bag and accent model Timbuk2 through the pandemic to make a backpack and a sling bag with Astro’s title printed on it.

Astro’s concentrate on gaming signifies that, unsurprisingly, every bag has been made to hold your gaming necessities. As such, they’re constructed with sections devoted to storing — and, crucially, defending — issues like headphones, controllers, and laptops.

The smaller sling bag, referred to as the CS03, prices $79.99 and appears tailored for Change house owners searching for safety and utility from a bag. Lifting the bag’s magnetically sealed entrance flap reveals a pocket to retailer keys or different small objects like a telephone. The primary zipper reveals a bigger part with small sleeves that may carry as much as 14 Change recreation cartridges. There’s sufficient room right here within the stretchy mesh sleeves for issues like cables and earbuds.

The Nintendo Change matches contained in the bag’s foremost pocket completely and goals to supply sufficient padding to guard your console from bending or struggling a deadly blow. The console part will match the Change or Change Lite (it’s going to additionally have the ability to match the marginally bigger Change OLED that can launch later this 12 months, Astro advised The Verge). It’s additionally waterproof.

Astro Timbuk2 CS03

The CS03 provides ample assist to guard your Nintendo Change.
Picture: Astro

For players with much more gear to lug round, the BP35 backpack prices $199.99 and has 35 liters of whole storage quantity. Just like the CS03, it’s waterproof, and it’s filled with zippers and pockets. Unzipping its outermost layers reveals one among its highlights: a headphone holder. Headphones which have swiveling ear cups might be secured with a durable-feeling cloth hook that clasps onto a button. Throughout the similar pocket, there are areas sufficiently big to suit (and shield) a telephone or a transportable battery pack, a controller, some cables, and different small objects like pens.

The BP35 is a large backpack, but it surely’s nonetheless not fairly sufficiently big to simply match trendy consoles (you virtually want a small suitcase to pack a PS5 or Xbox Collection X). However there’s greater than sufficient storage capability in its foremost compartment to suit one thing like an Xbox Collection S and some further controllers. When you aren’t a console gamer, it could carry as much as two 16-inch laptops. So, if you happen to’re into PC gaming greater than console gaming, this is likely to be all of the area that it’s essential pack the requirements.

Astro Timbuk2 BP35

The outer-most zipper reveals a helpful headphone hook, in addition to some pouches.
Picture: Astro

Having seen and dealt with each baggage over the previous few days, I feel these might be good choices for players who don’t need to fuss with determining how one can pack gaming equipment. The CS03 and BP35 are doing that for you, with sufficient padding to really feel like your investments are being protected.

Each baggage can be found now via Astro’s website, in addition to on-line via Timbuk2. If you wish to see them in particular person, Timbuk2 is stocking them at its flagship shops across the US.